|Painting by Vladimir Makovsky|
Adjective. Late 17th century.
[from Latin bibulus freely or readily drinking, from bibere to drink.]
1. Absorbent of moisture. L17
2. Relating to drink. E19
3. Given to drinking alcoholic liquors. M19
Like most of the bib- words that relate to drinking, bibulous has a rather benign, even homely feel to it. For me, it's even somehow nostalgic, conjuring warm thoughts of bibulous Uncle Jeremy. Usually laconic and sullen, Uncle Jer's tongue would be loosed by the generous application of beer so that all and sundry would be regaled with nonsensical war stories and far fetched tales of adventure and whimsy, before finally falling asleep with his head in the peanuts and having to be carried home by all of the uncles.